Student Success Initiative
Nine Essential Skills for Learning and Life
According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Nine Essential Skills provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.
These skills are used in nearly every occupation and throughout daily life in different ways and at different levels of complexity.
Reading TextThe comprehension of text consisting of sentences and paragraphs
Document UseThe use of labels, lists, signs, graphs, charts, tables, forms and other similar materials
WritingThe preparation of written materials for a variety of purposes
Oral CommunicationThe use of speech for a variety of purposes
Computer UseThe use of any type of computerized technology
NumeracyUsing numbers and thinking in quantitative terms to complete tasks
Thinking SkillsThe process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a decision
Working with OthersWorking with other employees to carry out tasks
Continuous LearningParticipating in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge